OPSEU Local 578: Vacations & Leaves

  • Vacation
  • Pregnancy / Maternity Leave
  • Primary Caregiver Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Sick Leaves
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Paid Leave
  • Unpaid Leaves of Absence

Vacation

Employees are granted the following in vacation with pay based on continuous service as of July 1st:

Length of Continuous Service as of July 1st Vacation Entitlement
1 to 11 months 1.36 days per month of service
1 to 11 years 20 days
12 to 13 years 21 days
14 years 22 days
15+ years 25 days

Pregnancy / Maternity Leave

Employees who have completed 13 weeks of employment with the University and present a doctor’s certificate or certificate from a midwife confirming the pregnancy and probable date of delivery are entitled to a leave of absence of up to 17 weeks.

For employees with one year of service or more, the University will pay 95% of salary during the two week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, and for the next 16 weeks, will pay the difference between EI benefits and 95% of salary, provided that the employee applies for and receives EI benefits.

Contact the Family Care Office for a Maternity Leave kit.

Primary Caregiver Leave

This leave is available to a parent, other than the biological mother, who has the primary responsibility for the care of a child immediately following the birth of a child; or the coming of a child into the custody, care, and control of a parent for the first time.

Employees who have completed one year of service or more are eligible for the University SUB Benefit, which pays 95 percent of salary during the two week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; and for the next ten weeks, the University will pay the difference between EI benefits to 95 percent of salary. The balance of the leave, up to 25 weeks, may be taken as unpaid parental leave.

In cases of adoption, Primary Caregiver leave does not apply to adoptions that arise through the blending of families.

Contact the Family Care Office for a Primary Caregiver/Adoption Leave kit.

Parental Leave

Employees who have completed 13 weeks of service with the University are entitled to an unpaid parental leave following the birth or coming of a child into a parent’s custody, care and control for the first time as follows:

  • Up to 35 weeks for birth mothers.
  • Up to 37 weeks for all other new parents, such as birth fathers, adoptive parents and same-sex partners.

For employees who take pregnancy leave, parental leave commences at the end of the pregnancy leave or when the baby first comes into custody, care and control of the birth mother.

For other parents, parental leave must commence within the 52 weeks following the baby’s birth or after the child first comes into the custody, care and control of a parent.

Employees with one year of service or more are eligible for the University SUB Benefit, which pays 95 percent of regular salary during the two week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; and for the next 8 weeks, the University will pay the difference between EI benefits to 95 percent of regular salary, provided the employee applies for and receives EI benefits. During the paid portion of the parental leave, full benefits will continue through regular payroll deductions.

Please note: This provision is not available to employees who have taken Primary Caregiver Leave/Adoption Leave.

Contact the Family Care Office for a Parental Leave kit.

Paternity Leave

Fathers and same-sex parents are granted up to five days’ paid leave of absence upon the birth or adoption of a child.

Sick Leaves

Short-Term Sick Leave

Salaried employees who have completed sixty (60) days shall be eligible to be granted sick leave with pay for periods of up to 15 weeks during unavoidable absence due to illness or injury not compensable under the provisions of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

Long-Term Disability (LTD)

  • Employees who continue to be sick beyond the 15 week period may apply for LTD.
  • LTD provides employees with 70 percent of their University salary, up to a maximum insurable salary of $125,000 per annum.
  • Once on LTD, premiums for this plan are waived, and participation in the Group Life Insurance Plan and the UT Pension Plan are continued at no cost to the staff member.

Bereavement Leave

Employees will be granted a maximum three days of paid leave in the event of the death of:

  • spouse
  • same-sex partner
  • children
  • step-children
  • grandchildren
  • parents
  • parents-in-law
  • siblings
  • step-brother
  • step-sister
  • brother-in-law
  • sister-in-law
  • grandparents
  • or death of a person whose relationship is not defined, but the impact of which is comparable to that of the immediate family, e.g. a close friend.

Paid Leave

Paid Personal Leave

Commencing July 1st of each year, employees shall be allowed for good reason up to four days’ paid leave of absence. Such leave shall not be used for purposes of extending vacations or the day prior to or following a paid holiday.

Unpaid Leaves of Absence

Leave of Absence for Union Purposes

Upon providing reasonable notice, employees will be granted unpaid leaves of absence for no more than ten days in any calendar year to attend union conferences, seminars, training courses.